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Ruger & His Guns: A History of the Man, the Company & Their Firearms Hardcover – Lay Flat, August 15, 2008

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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of firearms won't find a more handsome gun book this season than Ruger & His Guns: A History of the Man, the Company and the Firearms. Here, R.L. Wilson (Steel Canvas) offers the definitive history of William B. Ruger (b. 1916) and of the company, Sturm, Ruger & Co., that he fashioned into the world's premier firearms manufacturer. Even non-gun lovers may admire the craftsmanship of Ruger's revolvers and other guns, which gleam and glisten in the nearly 300 illustrations, 185 in color, that complement the text.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

As this volume amply illustrates, Ruger is undoubtedly the most innovative American firearms designer and manufacturer of the latter 20th century and could honestly be described as a living legend in that field. As the subtitle states, this heavily illustrated volume offers a multifaceted portrait of the man and his creations. Ruger built his firearms empire by marrying the old-fashioned with the modern and improved on standard designs by pioneers Colt and Browning to produce high-quality shooting irons at reasonable prices. But along with ingenuity in design, it also took a certain bravery to release single-action handguns and single-shot rifles in a market dominated by double-action and semiautomatic weapons. His gamble, however, paid off. Wilson (Steel Canvas, LJ 1/96) offers much biographical information on Ruger plus the background, history, and statistics for each firearm made by Sturm, Ruger & Co., with numerous superb color photographs. Though this book is pricey, libraries supporting communities where shooting/hunting is popular will want it.?Michael Rogers, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books, Inc. (August 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785821031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785821038
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is perfect for anyone interested in the history of Sturm, Ruger and Co. The information is presented in a very organized fashion. I highly recommend this book at twice the price.
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In 1949, just after World War II, all of the gun manufacturing companies faced a problem of selling guns in the commercial market. The Government had extensive stocks of guns like Endfields, Springfields, Colt .45's and of course any number of foreign guns and were beginning to sell these guns on the commercial market. It was obviously a stupid time to go into the gun manufacturing business.

In 1949 Bill Ruger entered the gun business with one gun being manufactured by a very small company. The gun was the Ruger.22 Standard Pistol which was an instant hit and is still in production as the Mark III. Every few years since then there has been a new gun from the folk at Ruger, each of which has pioneered new design principles that has made nearly all of the guns a success.

In this book, R.L. Wilson has produced a masterpiece of a book that describes all of the guns produced by the company as well as a history of the company and the man. It's an excellent addition to any gun lovers library.
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If you happen to find Ruger one of your weapons favorite's, well this is the book for you.....

It breaks it down to serial NO's and dates of manufactures without the usual garble of to many detailed scaled pages to read first.

It's a well done, very well bound book that will be in my my family for years.

I also have books on several other brands ofbooks of my favorite weapons, but Ruger has them hands fown on this book.
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BOOK IS ALL I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE! WELL-WRITTEN, COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE MAN AND HIS COMPANY, HIS DREAMS AND IDEAS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS. IT'S INTRIGUING TO READ THE BACKGROUND OF A PERSON WHO HAS CREATED SO MUCH AND BEEN A PIONEER IN THE AMERICAN FIREARMS INDUSTRY AND, JUST AS INTERESTING, TO UNDERSTAND THE MINDSET AND DETERMINATION AND SACRIFICE IT TOOK TO REACH HIS PLACE IN HISTORY. AND, THE DESCRIPTIONS OF THE TECHNOLOGY AND ART OF STURM RUGER FIREARMS IS FASCINATING. REALLY GLAD I BOUGHT THE BOOK.
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I bought this book for its in-depth manufacturing detail and history on Ruger's Hawkeye .256 "pistol." It has the best factory information of any reference I have seen, on this rare handgun. I found it to be an extra added bonus - but the story it tells about Bill Ruger's life and his family's life, and the early history of the company, including the early "officers" such as Alex Sturm is very, very good.
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From the first Standard Auto, to Flatgate Single Six's, Flattop Blackhawks, Hawkeye's, Bearcat's, Model 77s, Redhawks, you name it, it is all in here. I love this book. It is the best book on Ruger firearms that you can buy.
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Would have been perfect except for the book not being attached to the spine as has been reported by others. Rather than return it I checked with local library who recommended an Elmer's repair which worked fine. Book is as good as new now and one of the best available on this topic. Waiting now for the new book due out in six months covering handguns,.
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By barney on November 7, 2012
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This is the 2nd book I ordered. The first one fell apart but I really liked the book itself, so I ordered a new one. I did not return it or get a refund on either book. This one was delivered and right out of the package, it is completely out of the binding. The replacement took longer to get, which Amazon was really good about letting me know when it would come, but I am not going to try for a 3rd one. Will just try to fix this one myself.
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